DutchCulture Database 2018 : trends in Dutch international cultural activities
In 2018 Dutch artists participated more than 15,000 cultural activities in 108 different countries. DutchCulture identifies important trends. Each year, DutchCulture tracks the international events that Dutch artists and cultural organisations produce and take part in abroad. This helps to give a sense of the cultural impact that the Netherlands has in other countries. As of 2019, the database is accessible via the search function on the DutchCulture website.
Pocket publication attempts to understand the position of the artists and the difficulties that they experience in today's world of the arts. How are artists, art workers and organizations already engaged in re-examining their working habits, reshaping organizational processes, giving form to fair working relationships and developing working models that strengthen artists?
In 2017 EU ministers said that culture is “an essential part of the EU’s international relations.” But the EU is a new-comer to the field of cultural diplomacy and its policy is still in its infancy, both conceptually and in terms of implementation. Many questions remain unanswered. How to draw the line between cultural relations and public diplomacy on the one hand and propaganda on the other? How to steer clear of neo-colonialism? How to encourage European governments, who are prone to national cultural show-casing, to work together and derive strength from unity? Author explores some of the contours of the emerging European Union policy, its potential as well as its limitations.